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  • Perfekt Order

  • The Ære Saga, Book 1
  • By: S.T. Bende
  • Narrated by: Dara Rosenberg
  • Length: 11 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 62
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 55
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 55

For 17-year-old Mia Ahlstrom, a world ruled by order is the only world she allows. A lifetime of chore charts, to-do lists, and study schedules have helped earn her a spot at Redwood State University's engineering program. And while her five-year plan includes finding her very own happily-evah-aftah, years at an all-girls boarding school left her feeling woefully unprepared for keg parties and co-ed extracurricular activities.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not bad but not really worth the audio

  • By Alex Parizek on 01-08-18

Deep South Lingo Really Hits The Spot

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-04-17

Would you listen to Perfekt Order again? Why?

Yes. Every so often. It is entertaining.

What other book might you compare Perfekt Order to and why?

Runes, by Ednah Walters. The Norse mythology helps draw an interesting parallel.

Which character – as performed by Dara Rosenberg – was your favorite?

Mia. She is funny, multi-faceted, and perfect.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Tur's potential death.

Any additional comments?

Funny and entertaining...

  • Obsidian

  • Lux, Book 1
  • By: Jennifer L. Armentrout
  • Narrated by: Justine Eyre
  • Length: 9 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,009
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 932
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 937

When 17-year-old Katy Swartz moved to West Virginia right before her senior year, she'd pretty much resigned herself to thick accents, dodgy Internet access, and a whole lot of boring, but then she spotted her hot neighbor, with his looming height and eerie green eyes. Things were looking up...until he opened his mouth. Daemon Black is infuriating. Arrogant. Stab-worthy. It's hate at first sight, but when a stranger attacks her and Daemon literally freezes time with a wave of his hand, well, something...unexpected happens. The hot guy next door? Well, he's an alien.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Story! Didn't like narrator.

  • By Book Lover D on 02-08-16

Great Story, Great Imagination

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-04-17

Would you listen to Obsidian again? Why?

Yes! It is a wonderfully entertaining.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Obsidian?

Daemon and Katy's first make-out session... the one that blew her laptop up.

What does Justine Eyre bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

She is great for this part. She brings just the right voice to the women, and the men.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Katy's personality is hilarious, as is her banter with Daemon.

Any additional comments?

Highly recommend

  • Haven

  • By: Karen Lynch
  • Narrated by: Caitlin Greer, Zachary Webber
  • Length: 11 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 720
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 668
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 668

Things are going well for Roland Greene. High school is behind him, he has a sweet new ride, a good job, and he's making plans for his future. At 18, he's one of the strongest werewolves in his pack, and he already has more vampire kills than most wolves have in a lifetime. Life is good. Almost. It's time for the annual pack gathering. Wolves from all over Maine come to take care of pack business and socialize - and to find mates.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Top End YA title for both quality & subject matter

  • By IreneMBBT on 07-13-17

Really Brought the Story to Life

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-03-17

Would you listen to Haven again? Why?

I have already listened to the whole series again. It is a wonderful experience.

What other book might you compare Haven to and why?

Perhaps Hidden Wings, (by Cameo Renae), Runes, (by Ednah Walters), or (Un)Bidden, (by Melissa Haag). All of these books are also available at Audible

Which scene was your favorite?

I really like the scene in which Emma and Jordan are eating on the rooftop deck. Enter Harper... hilarious!

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Not necessarily. Having already read the kindle version, the compulsion to find out what happens next is less of a burning issue.

Any additional comments?

I highly recommend the Relentless Series.

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  • Accordance

  • Significance Series, Book 2
  • By: Shelly Crane
  • Narrated by: Cris Dukehart
  • Length: 10 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 167
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 150
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 150

In the sequel to Significance, Maggie learns much more about all the strange things that have happened to her and has to face many new ones. She learns something about herself: she is something that the clans have been waiting for.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • amazing

  • By Amazon Customer on 04-29-16

Solid Book #2 for Significance Series

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-23-17

Would you listen to Accordance again? Why?

Yes. I enjoy reliving a good book series. The story and narration of this book are done fairly well.

What did you like best about this story?

Maggie's first vision. It is broad in scope and sweeps through time, yet is specific and focused enough to become the road map to the Vituoso's future.

Which character – as performed by Cris Dukehart – was your favorite?

I really enjoy the way that Dukehart brings Maggie's character to life. I also enjoy Dukehart's portrayal of Caleb. However, the character to whom she brings the most fun, must be Becca.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The completely tragic plot development that unveils Bish and Jenn as starcrossed.

Any additional comments?

This series is, thus far, quite enjoyable. This book has a couple of weaker plot elements, but the book is good regardless.

  • Intransigent

  • The After Light Saga, Book 3
  • By: Cameo Renae
  • Narrated by: Rachel Simpson
  • Length: 5 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 29
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29

Arriving at the new government bunker, things quickly go from bad to worse. I am separated from Finn and my family because of my ability to connect with Arvies through telepathy. Housed with three other readers - and kept away from the general population - we are given serum injections in an effort to enhance our thought transference. The end goal? Thought manipulation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great continuation, but change of narrator

  • By Lizzie on 08-23-18

Really great book, poor job with character voices

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-09-17

Where does Intransigent rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Middle of the pack. The character voices really dragged the ranking down, especially the voice of Stephen Park.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Intransigent?

It has to be the scene during which Abi slays the 10 Arvies threatening Finn, as well as the powerful people who dared to order such an experiments.

What three words best describe Rachel Simpson’s voice?

terrible character voices

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No

  • Sanctum

  • By: Cameo Renae
  • Narrated by: Erin Moon
  • Length: 7 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 73
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 66
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 68

The Arvy threat worsens each day. They continue to destroy the hives vital fuel resources, leaving us with one option - evacuate to the largest government bunker, located in South Dakota. The injured hive members are moved as first priority, but a disastrous event occurs on the way to our drop-off zone. We find ourselves in a ghost town, surrounded by spiteful, revenge-filled Arvies. Chaos ensues and our death toll rises. Just when we think the end has come, unsuspected help arrives.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • awesome narrator

  • By jay on 07-09-15

Great Book, Wonderful Narration

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-09-17

What did you love best about Sanctum?

It was great to have a whole book in which Abi and Finn could be together. It was very enjoyable.

What other book might you compare Sanctum to and why?

Seeress, by Ednah Walters. Raine and the witches have to battle the warlocks and evil immortals, Abi and Finn battle the Arvies (alongside the people of Sanctum).

Raine has to battle things projected into her mind. Abi has to battle against her mental connection to the Arvies.

Raine and Torin grow closer together; Abi and Finn grow closer together.

Which character – as performed by Erin Moon – was your favorite?

Finn, but then he is one of my book boyfriends.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Pike's death. I was unprepared, heartbroken, and I ugly cried.

  • ARV-3

  • By: Cameo Renae
  • Narrated by: Erin Moon
  • Length: 8 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 99
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 94
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 93

The beginning of the end. The Apocalypse. A nuclear fallout wiped out every living thing on the planet, except for a few thousand of us who took shelter in underground bunkers across the globe. Now, after 13 long years, we were finally able to return to the topside to begin to rebuild. We thought we were alone. We were never more wrong. Before the fallout, scientists had worked on creating an anti-radiation vaccine (ARV).

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Very good, just not my cup of tea

  • By The Zombie Specialist on 02-27-15

Great story, narration needs a bit of work

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-09-17

Where does ARV-3 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It is at about the 3/4 mark. In other words, there are 1/4 of the audio books that rank higher.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Tina Donnelly. She is bubbly, funny, kind, welcoming, and a great friend to Abi.

What three words best describe Erin Moon’s performance?

great character voices

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, I wanted to.

Any additional comments?

Moon provides great character voices, but when she is merely telling the story, it is a bit of a monotone.

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  • Witches

  • By: Ednah Walters
  • Narrated by: Stephanie Terry
  • Length: 13 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 254
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 228
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 229

Raine Cooper's life should be perfect. She's an Immortal Seeress, most likely to be elected prom queen, and envied by the girls at Kayville High for dating the dreamy quarterback, Torin St. James. Instead she's haunted by the smug facial expressions the Norns' wore during their last meeting. As a Norn-in-training, Raine crossed the line long ago when she sided with the Valkyries and Mortal Witches.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An excellent continuation in the Runes series

  • By KarenM of My Bookbag on 01-09-17

An excellent continuation in the Runes series

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-09-17

What did you love best about Witches?

Onyx is funny, fierce, and occasionally sweet. Also, I thoroughly enjoyed Ingrid's character development.

What did you like best about this story?

The story is complex, compelling, and well done.

Have you listened to any of Stephanie Terry’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I have listened to four of the Runes series books, including this one. I liked this narration the best. I still found Cora's voice a bit annoying, but not as much as in other books written from Raine's POV.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

It's a race to keep control of her life. Eff the Norns.

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  • Grimnirs

  • Runes Series, Book 3
  • By: Ednah Walters
  • Narrated by: Stephanie Terry
  • Length: 11 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 319
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 299
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 299

Straight out of the psych ward, Cora just wants her life to be normal. She doesn't want to see souls or the reapers collecting them. The guy she's loved from a distance for years moves away without saying good-bye. So yes, she's nursing a serious heartbreak. It's no wonder love is the last thing on her mind when Echo storms into her life. The chemistry between them is mind blowing. The connection defies logic. Even better, the souls leave her alone when he is around.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A great audiobook in an excellent series.

  • By Rabid Reader on 01-14-16

Better Voice for Cora, No Accent for Ingrid

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-09-17

Would you consider the audio edition of Grimnirs to be better than the print version?

It is difficult to say which is better, but I believe it is the print version that I prefer.

What other book might you compare Grimnirs to and why?

Rogue, by Karen Lynch. Sarah has gifts that no one else could have. She is strong, and determined. She can feel runic magic, and is trying to fit into a world she never knew about. This is very similar to Cora's experience.

Have you listened to any of Stephanie Terry’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I have listened to four books in this series, all of which were narrated by Stephanie Terry. The voice that she gives to Cora, in the books told by Raine, is very annoying. However, the book told in Cora's voice is very agreeable. The only problem with THAT book is that Ingrid isn't given an accent.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I really had no extreme reaction to this book. It was enjoyable to listen to, but nothing extreme.

  • Immortals

  • Runes, Book Two
  • By: Ednah Walters
  • Narrated by: Stephanie Terry
  • Length: 14 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 414
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 394
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 391

Raine finally knows that her gorgeous neighbor, Torin St. James, is a legend straight out of Norse mythology and that her feelings for him are strong. Torin is crazy about Raine, too, breaking the one rule he lives by: Never fall for a mortal. The problem is, he no longer remembers her, his memories erased by Norns - Norse destiny deities - to punish her for defying them. So Raine comes up with a plan.... She will make Torin forget his one rule a second time and fall in love with her all over again.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good, but very young

  • By Sarah on 02-29-16

Things I Like, Other Things Not So Much

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-06-17

If you could sum up Immortals in three words, what would they be?

myth, surprises, twists

What was one of the most memorable moments of Immortals?

learning about Tristan's terminal brain tumors

What three words best describe Stephanie Terry’s voice?

better in Runes

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It was heartbreaking to learn that Tristan is dying. Also heartbreaking, the changes that Eirik goes through. I felt sorry for Raine because she is losing her father and her 'brother.' It definitely made me happy that Raine and Torin found their way back to each other.

Any additional comments?

The only problems I had with the audible version of this book: Cora's voice is so annoying that it almost made me cringe, at times the narration was a bit broken (breaks in reading sentences in awkward places).

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